Gold Soundz


About Gold Soundz

"Gold Soundz" is the second single released from Pavement's 1994 album Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. The song did not perform particularly well as a single, failing to chart on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, where their previous single, "Cut Your Hair", peaked at #10. All the B-sides from both versions of the single are included on the reissue Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins. Pitchfork Media listed "Gold Soundz" at #1 on their list of the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s


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Go back to those gold soundz
And keep my advent to your self
Because it's nothing I don't like
Is it a crisis or a boring change?
When it's central, so essential,
It has a nice ring when you laugh
At the low life opinions
And they're coming to the chorus now

I keep your address to myself
'Cause we need secrets
We need secrets crets crets crets crets crets
Back right now
Because I never want to make you feel
That you're social
Never ignorant soul
Believe in what you want to do
And do you think that is a major flaw
When they rise up in the falling rain
And if you stay around
With your knuckles ground down
The trial's over, weapon's found
Keep my address to myself because it's secret
'Cause it's secret cret cret cret
Cret cret cret cret cret
Cret cret cret cret cret
Back right now

So drunk in the August sun
And you're the kind of girl I like
Because you're empty and I'm empty
And you can never quarantine the past
Did you remember in December
That I won't eat you when I'm gone
And if I go there, I won't stay there
Because I'm sitting here too long
I've been sitting here too long
And I've been wasted
Advocating that
Word for the last word
Last words come up
All you've got to waste

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Pavement was an American indie rock band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989. The group mainly consisted of Stephen Malkmus (vocals and guitar), Scott Kannberg (guitar and vocals), Mark Ibold (bass), Steve West (drums) and Bob Nastanovich (percussion and vocals). Initially conceived as a recording project, the band at first avoided press or live performances, while attracting considerable underground attention with their early releases. Gradually evolving into a more polished band, Pavement recorded five full length albums and nine EPs over the course of their decade-long career, though they disbanded with some acrimony in 1999 as the members moved on to other projects. In 2010, they undertook a well-received reunion tour. more »

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Song Release
"Gold Soundz" was released by Pavement in 1994, and it was the second single off their second album, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain."
Many fans and critics speculate that the song's lyrics are about fading youth and the pressure to fit into societal norms.
Role in Album
The song is often considered the centerpiece of "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain," reflecting Pavement's growth as a band and their move from lo-fi recordings to more polished and structured music.
In 2010, Pitchfork, an American online music publication, ranked "Gold Soundz" as the number one track of the 1990s.
Lyric Predicament
One of the most famous lines in the song, "And you're the kind of girl I like / Because you're empty and I'm empty," is often decoded as a reflection of Gen X's disillusionment and existential dread.
"Gold Soundz" had a significant impact on the 1990s indie rock scene, influencing bands like Wilco and The Shins.
Music Video
The music video for "Gold Soundz," directed by Spike Jonze, is a classic example of 1990s indie nostalgia. The video portrays the band members messing around and having fun, while also engaging in surreal experiences.
Band Dissolution
About two years after the release of "Gold Soundz," Pavement disbanded and went on an almost decade-long hiatus before reuniting for a series of shows in 2010.
Contemporary Influence
Despite it being released over two decades ago, "Gold Soundz" continues to inspire contemporary artists, demonstrating the lasting impact and influence of Pavement's music.
In 2010, a reissue of "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" was released with "Gold Soundz" remastered, allowing fans to experience the song with new audio properties.

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